A year ago today, the country reeled in shock and disbelief when a 47-year old escaped male prisoner took a .22 rifle, murdered two people, then killed himself 16 hours later with the same gun.
The Pa Enua Division (PED) says the government needs to “step up” and pay some attention to the lack of equipment available in the outer islands to de-sludge household septic tanks.
Minister of Finance Mark Brown says the government will raise the issue of the Cook Islands National Superannuation Fund with the New Zealand government.
Advocates for changing the national super scheme say it would make more sense to allow all CINSF members to withdraw their entire contribution at age 60 to 64 to safeguard their NZ Superannuation should they qualify for it.
Cook Islanders who must compulsorily contribute to the Cook Islands National Superannuation Fund and who also qualify for New Zealand Superannuation pension will find themselves hugely disadvantaged when it comes time to collect their Kiwi entitlement.
CICC welfare director Nga Teao-Papatua says church leaders can influence and educate member churches about healthy living through workshops held by their general assembly and uniformed organisations.